The term “egg wash” is so odd if you don’t know what it is. It sounds like something you would do to your hair, honestly (FYI, eggs are really good for your hair). Kim from Being a Wordsmith is here to explain how to make an egg wash and what it can be used for. Which is extremely helpful because, full disclosure…up until now, I thought an egg wash was just the egg. No wonder it never looked right. 😛
Does the batter or breading fall off your food when you fry it?
Would you like to make your pastries look shiny?
What is an egg wash?
Beaten eggs + liquid
I typically use water as the liquid, some people use milk.
How to make an egg wash
Simply crack an egg into a bowl, use a whisk to beat the egg, then pour in two tablespoons of water. Then use the whisk again. If you need more, add two tablespoons of water for each egg that you use.
When and how to use an egg wash
I use an egg wash to coat chicken and seafood before frying it. It allows the batter to stick to the food as it fries. Dip a piece of the food that you are preparing in the bowl of egg wash to fully coat it. Shake it over the bowl to remove excess. Then dip the food into the batter or breading that you are using to fry it.
If you are baking and want a shiny pie crust or biscuits, simply brush the egg wash on top of the unbaked bread with a pastry brush.